According to reports, an investigation is open on Ford Motor Co’s Fusion and Mercury Milan model sedans from 2007-2009 model years. The issue lies within the vehicle’s brakes which can fail in particular conditions.
The National Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Ford claim that there have been three reports of related crashes that did not result in any injuries.
The probe, opened on Dec. 20, has not yet evolved into a safety recall for the Ford Fusion or Milan. Further, the Milan model is no longer produced.
NHTSA reports on their website that when the models in question go over rough and uneven terrain or slippery surfaces, the vehicles’ anti-lock brake mechanism may not function as it should.
The difficulties with the anti-lock system could increase the time and distance required for the cars to come to a stop, which could result in accidents. Reports include descriptions that the brakes seem to “go soft.”
Ford claims to be fully cooperating with federal safety officials in the investigation on the Sedans, which have been involved in previous safety hazards.
The Fusion models from years 2006-2011 were involved in a massive airbag recall that affected Ford, and dozens of other automakers. In addition, a recall was issued for Fusion and Milan models after reports surfaced that the fuel tanks could crack.